Alma S. Dill, 86, Balto. Co. schoolteacherAlma...


Alma S. Dill, 86, Balto. Co. schoolteacher

Alma Sheridan Dill, a retired teacher who taught at Featherbed Lane Elementary School in Woodlawn, died March 1 of complications from Parkinson's disease at Charlestown Community Care Center in Catonsville. She was 86.

She was born in Macon, Ga. After graduating from Mount de Sales High School, she attended Mercer College there and graduated in 1931 with a degree in education.

She moved to Baltimore in 1945 and began teaching at Highfield Nursery School in 1953. In 1957, she began teaching in the Baltimore County school system.

She took teaching courses at Loyola College in Baltimore and, in 1970, received her master's degree in elementary education, specializing in reading. While attending Loyola, she taught at Featherbed Lane Elementary.

After 17 years at the school, she retired in 1974.

For more than 30 years, she volunteered at St. Charles Borromeo Parish School in Pikesville, where she was a member.

In 1943, she married J. Irving Dill, who died in 1975.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered Tuesday at St. Charles Borromeo Roman Catholic Church in Pikesville.

She is survived by three daughters, Mary Alma Sullivan of Annandale, Va., Sister Therese Dill, SND, of Baltimore and Margaret D. Judy of Ellicott City; a brother, Phillip J. Sheridan Sr. of Macon; a sister, Sister Mary Sheridan, RSM, of Macon; and three grandchildren.

Dorothy M. H. Harper, 81, Balto. Co. schools secretary

Dorothy Mead Hudson Harper, a retired Baltimore County school system secretary, died Tuesday of kidney failure at Manor Care Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Ruxton. The Parkville resident was 81.

She began work with the school system in 1967, retiring in 1979 as secretary to the director of science instruction. She received several certificates for outstanding service.

Between 1954 and 1967, she was a secretary at the Glenn L. Martin Co. in Middle River, now part of Lockheed Martin Corp.

Born in Pawtucket, R.I., she grew up in Stamford, Conn. After attending Duke University for two years, she owned and operated a dress shop awhile in Darien, Conn.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. today at Evans Chapel of Memories, 8800 Harford Road, Parkville.

Her husband of 45 years, Guy W. Harper, died in 1983.

She is survived by three sons, Guy W. Harper III of Chicago, Dr. William F. Harper of Thurmont, and Richard C. Harper of Columbia; a daughter, Gail H. Hoxsey of Summit, N.J.; and seven grandchildren.

Theodore G. Phelps Jr., 60, industrial arts teacher

Theodore G. "Pete" Phelps Jr. died Wednesday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center of complications related to surgery. He was 60.

Mr. Phelps taught industrial arts at Highlandtown Middle School for 32 years. Early in his career, he had a second job as a Linotype operator for the Baltimore Afro-American.

Born in Lynchburg, Va., he lived for 35 years in the Pimlico area. Mr. Phelps earned a bachelor's degree in industrial arts from Hampton Institute in Virginia in 1958, where he enrolled in Army ROTC and graduated with a second lieutenant's commission. He was an ordnance officer.

After Mr. Phelps completed military service he taught at the Virginia State School for the Deaf in Hampton for three years before coming to Baltimore to teach at Highlandtown, where he spent the rest of his teaching career.

He earned a master's degree in education from Loyola College in 1976.

Services will be at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Nutter Funeral Homes, 2501 Gwynns Falls Parkway. Burial will be in Lynchburg.

Survivors include his wife of 35 years, Lenora Ann Pritchett Phelps; and two sons, Peter Phelps of Boston and Max Phelps of Baltimore.

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